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RUST Jan Hendrik

Jan Hendrik RUST, koster of the Swartland Church, farmer of Waterschilpadskuil, Swartland, was born circa January 1749 and baptized 26 January 1749 in Scherpenzeel, Gelderland, the son of Albert Gerritsz Rust and Anna Geertruij Rosse who were married at Scherpenzeel 2 December 1742. He died between March and June 1794, (based on filing date of will)

He married 1 October 1775 at Swartland Hilletje Geertruida Mostert who was baptized 29 June 1755 at Swartland, the daughter of Jan Mostert and Anna van der Westhuizen farmers at Twee Kuijlen, Swartland. She died after January 1810.

Jan Hendrik Rust made two voyages as an employee of the VOC, first on 31 Dec 1771 on the Groenendaal to the Cape and back to the Netherlands. On 14 Dec 1773 he sailed again as a Jongmatroos on the Botland and left the ship at the Cape, where he became a member of the Swartland congregation in December 1773.

In 1784 he memorialized the Council of Justice thus:

He was Jan Rust, originally from Scherpenzeel, now ex-koster of the Swartland Church. He had been a 'young sailor' (this was a grade) in the service of the Company, and in 1775 he was discharged, in order, at the request of the Swartland Congregation, to enter on the duties of Koster, on condition that if he could no longer perform the same, he would ask for burger papers. Having now been relieved of those duties, he asks for burger rights. (Cape Archives: Requesten, 1784, no. 15)

When he made his will on the 1st March 1794 he was described as being sick in body, and he presumably died not long afterwards, for the will was filed 2nd July of the same year. In this will he stated that his parents were no longer living.

Children of Jan Hendrik Rust and Hilletje Geertruida Mostert:

b1. Johannes Hendrik, born 28 July and baptised 4 Aug: 1776 at Swartand,
witnesses: Johan: Mostert en zijne huisvrouw Anna van de Westhuizen.
Died circa January 1822
married 29 April 1798, Swartland to Johanna Maria van Schalkwyk

b2. Anna Geertruida, born 7 February, baptised 15 February 1778 at Swartland,
witnesses: Johannes Mostert de jonge en zijne vrouw Alida Basson

b3. Hilletje Geertruida, born 2 January, baptised 9 January 1779,
witnesses: Pieter Mostert en zijne vrouw Sus[ann]a Basson.
Note: She had presumably died young, her sister was given the same name in April 1781

b4. Hilletje Geertruida, born 21 April, baptised 22 April 1781,
witnesses: Pieter Mostert en zijne vrouw Susanna Engela Basson.
Died 16 March 1849, at the residence of the Revd Mr J.C. La Febre Moorees at Malmesbury
married Johannes Basson Mathijszn

b5. Albert, born 22 May, baptised 1 Aug 1783,
witnesses: Hendrik Mostert en Maria Magdalena van der Bijl.
Died circa 1835.
married Helena Maria Huyshamen

b6. Pieter, born 22 January and baptised 26 February 1786,
witnesses: Joh. Fredrik Huijshamen en Bejaterix Henderina Mostert

b7. Hendrik Jacobus, born 2 July, baptised 22 August 1790,
witnesses: Hendrik Mostert en Alettha Cathriena Smit en Jacobus Smit en Alettha Maria Mostert.
Died circa March 1831.
married Johanna Eliz: Truter
Anna Jacoba Louw

b8. Anna Hilletje, born 4 March, baptised 27 April 1794,
witnesses: Jan Hendrik Rust, Hilletje Geertruijda Rust, Reijnier Basson, Anna Gijsberta Mostert
married 28 October 1810, Cape Town
Matthijs Michielse Basson Matthz.


Church Registers - Scherpenzeel, Gelderland, Latter Day Saints Family History Centre, Eaton, Norwich, film 108832
Leibbrandt, H.C.V. - Requesten (Memorials), Cape Times Limited, Cape Town, 1905
VOC - Opvarenden
Will - Rust, Jan Hendrik & Hilletje Mostert - 1794
Cape Archives, MOOC 7/1/39, 29
Will - Mostert, Johannes & Anna vd Westhuizen - 1787
Cape Archives MOOC 7/1/46, 71
Nederduits Gereformeerde Gemeente (NGK), Swartland
(Malmesbury), Baptism register, 1783-1809.
Repository: NG Kerkargief, Noordwal-Wes, Stellenbosch
Inventories of the Orphan Chamber of the Cape of Good Hope by the TEPC team of transcribers and editors - transcribed from the documents in the Cape Archives.

Researched and compiled by:

Richard Ball.

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